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Houston First sponsors Houston's Favorite Poems

Houston • Feb. 5, 2018

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, over 100 guests attended the book launch for Houston's Favorite Poems: A Houston Poet Laureate Project Anthology. The launch took place in Julia Ideson Building Auditorium at the Downtown Public Library and included remarks by the editor, as well as readings from various contributors to the book, including Mayor Sylvester Turner, former Mayor Annise Parker and current Houston Poet Laureate Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton. Each presenter read their favorite poem included in the book and spoke about what their poem means to them.

Editor Robin Davidson, Houston's second Poet Laureate, created the book inspired by Robert Pinsky's national anthology, Americans’ Favorite Poem’s, dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives.

More than 200 Houstonians' favorite poems appear in the collection. Many are teachers, students, writers, editors and librarians. However, Davidson and the selection committee discovered that poems are also deeply meaningful in the lives of many not employed in the literary arts. Favorites were submitted by an engineer, cattle rancher, wood worker, clergy, CPA, electrician, scientist, many in various health professions, as well as musicians, visual artists and arts administrators. These contributors, range in age from 18 to 87, live throughout Greater Houston and represent more than 100 zip codes.

The anthology includes 120 poets from across the globe and representing Houston's cultural diversity. More than twenty poems were composed in languages other than English and appear in the book in English translation.

Houston First Corporation was one of the sponsors of the book project. Christine West was delighted to attend and have her personal copy signed by the editor.

Copies are available from the publisher here.

Christine West and editor and 2015-2017 Laureate Robin Davidson
Mayor Turner reads his favorite Poem
Chrisine West and current Houston Poet Laureate Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton